Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon's NFL tenure has been a short one thus far, but it has been tumultuous to say the least. Blackmon reportedly got himself into trouble yet again on Friday night as he had to be escorted from the sideline after getting into a war of words with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Should Blackmon have been punished for his actions?
Blackmon is suspended for the first four games of the regular season due to a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and he did not suit up for the Jags' preseason opener against the Dolphins. But that certainly didn't stop him from getting involved.
According to Rosenthal, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew took Blackmon back to the locker room during the first half following the verbal altercation. Blackmon returned during the second half, though, and made amends with head coach Gus Bradley.
"You know how it is in the preseason," Bradley said. "Sometimes a player talks to the sideline. It started off as just banter and I just addressed it. I turned to him and said, 'There's no place (for that). I'd rather you use your energy to encourage our guys and not get caught in that."
According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, however, the situation was a bit more complicated than that as Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin reportedly told Blackmon to stop running his mouth since he's suspended.
Story I got: Blackmon & Carroll jawing. Babin tells Blackmon to pipe down since he's suspended 4 games. Blackmon turns on Babin. #Jaguars— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 10, 2013
While Long's account hasn't been confirmed, it doesn't bode well for the Jaguars if it's true. Jacksonville already faces an uphill climb this season as the Jags are expected to be one of the league's worst teams. Things won't get any easier if teammates can't at least get along.
Blackmon is an extremely gifted player, as evidenced by his 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season, but his character is a big question mark. Blackmon is already skating on thin ice due to the suspension, and his reputation certainly won't be helped by Friday's incident.
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